Jan 29, 2015A Round of Applause
Next week at the NATA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, nine athletic trainers will be inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. In joining this exclusive group, the honorees–which include a number with ties to T&C–are being recognized for their work advancing the profession, including research, clinical advancements, and leadership. From all of us here at T&C, congratulations!
The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees are:
Marcia Anderson, PhD, LAT, ATC, Professor and Athletic Training Program Director at Bridgewater State University. In addition to her position at Bridgewater, which she has held for 30 years, Anderson also currently serves as liaison to the Board of Certification Exam Development Committee and is athletic trainer at large for the Board of Certification board of directors. She is also well known for being the primary author of the widely-used textbook, Foundations of Athletic Training: Prevention, Assessment, and Management.
Chuck Kimmel, MA, LAT, ATC, Director of the Injury Clinic at Appalachian State University. Kimmel also spent 25 years at Austin Peay State University as Head Athletic Trainer for 10 years and Assistant Director of Athletics before heading to Appalachian State. He served on the NATA Board of Directors and was elected President of the NATA in 2004.
In 2006, Kimmel authored the article When MRSA Strikes for T&C. MRSA was–and still is–a big concern for athletic departments, and Kimmel recounted his personal experience in handling an outbreak at Austin Peay State.
Larry Leverenz, PhD, ATC, Clinical Professor and Athletic Training Program Director at Purdue University. Leverenz is also an Assistant Athletic Trainer, working with the men’s basketball team. He has served on numerous committees, including as President of the commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Andy Paulin, ATC, Athletic Trainer at Mt. San Antonio College. Paulin has been at Mt. San Antonio since 1983, and during that time spent two six-year terms as President of the California Athletic Trainers Association and has served as an athletic trainer for USA Track and Field. In 2005, T&C asked a panel of veteran athletic trainers, including Paulin, about how they continue to tackle their jobs, their bosses, and the rest of their lives in the article Questions … and Answers.
Jerry Robertson, MEd, LAT, ATC, Director of Sports Medicine at Watauga Orthopaedics in Johnson City, Tenn. Robertson was previously at East Tennessee State University as Head Athletic Trainer and Curriculum Director. The athletic department’s sports medicine center was named in his honor after Robertson developed the first undergraduate athletic training education program in the state.
Larry Starr, LAT, ATC, CSCS, President of Starr Athletic Solutions and Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University. Starr served as Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at Nova Southeastern until last year, and was previously the Head Athletic Trainer for the Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds–the first certified athletic trainer in Major League Baseball.
Barrie Steele, MS, LAT, ATC, Director of Student-Athlete Services and Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Idaho. Before arriving at Idaho in 1986, Steele was an assistant athletic trainer at Washington State University. He has served on numerous committees, including on the Board of Directors of the NATA and as President of the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association. He currently sits on the Idaho Board of Athletic Trainers.
Jerry Weber, ATC, PT, Associate Director of Athletic Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Nebraska. Weber has been stationed at Nebraska since 1977, and during that time served as NATA Vice President and NATA District Five Director. In the latest issue of T&C, we were lucky enough to have Weber and Dr. Jeff Rudy co-author the article Summer Fun about the annual Husker Athletic Training Camp they put on for high school students.
Roy Don Wilson was the Director of the Sports Rehab Clinic in Houston from 1988 until his death in 1992. Previously, he worked in numerous collegiate settings, including at the University of Kentucky and The Citadel. Wilson fought for licensure and recognition of clinical athletic trainers and is co-author of licensure laws in Kentucky and Louisiana.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the NATA annual meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday, June 21. Since inducting its first class in 1962, the Hall of Fame now has 260 members.
Abigail Funk is Managing Editor of Training & Conditioning. She can be reached at: [email protected].